Transport Trends

Oct 20, 2009 (LBO) – Vehicle imports to Sri Lanka fell 26.4 percent in July from a year ago with motor cars down 74.7 percent, trucks and other goods transport vehicle falling 47.3 percent and three wheelers 35.3 percent, the latest official data shows. In the seven months to July total vehicles imports were down 32.3 percent compared with the same period last year although the slump seems to have bottomed out and a recovery evident, according to data released by the Central Bank.

In July 2009, Sri Lanka imported 17,536 vehicles compared with 23,826 in the same month last year

But imports of some types of vehicles were higher than in June 2009.

In July 2009, 57 new buses were registered (72 in 2008), 472 cars (1,868 in 2008), 2,725 three-wheelers (4,211 in 2008), 684 goods transport vehicles (1,299 in 2008), 12,388 motorcycles (13,598 in 2008), and 1,084 (2,568 in 2008) land vehicles such as tractors.

In the January-July 2009 period, total imported vehicles fell to 108,529 from 160, 418 a year ago.

Bus imports were down to 253 (655 in 2008) in the seven-month period, motor cars 3,382 (10,208 in 2008), three wheelers 16,419 (21,140 in 2008), dual purpose vehicles 596 (1,586), motor cycles 59,927 (79,866), goods transport vehicles